Annual Report 2013-2014

Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project

 Annual Report 2013-2014

Our third year of operation for Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project was a remarkable year. Our Alive to Strive Race 2014 Course Vivre ses defis hit another incredible stepping stone by getting close to 900 participants.  In 2013-2014 our Active Living Grant Committee has awarded 8 personalized training grants, as well as starting “Let’s Get Moving” Group classes (1 hour, twice a week for 6 weeks) with Top Shape Fitness.  These classes are adapted for individuals living with chronic kidney disease and were a huge success.  We had 5 different groups given throughout the year (26 grants awarded) as well as introducing a 5K training group training program to 6 individuals; getting them ready to participate in the 5K team challenge at the Alive to Strive Race 2014.  We have also expanded our Grant Program to cover not only patients followed by the Ottawa Hospital, but also all renal patients in the LHIN area (Cornwall – Pembroke).  Many patients, both from the personalized grant program and the Group Training program, have received kidney transplant since receiving their grant.

The Alive to Strive Race 2014 Course Vivre ses defis surpassed all our expectations! With 888 registered participants, including more than 180 participants under 18 years old, an increasing number of families and a noticeable increase in community feeling and support!  We had 45 teams registered for the 5K Team Challenge, and once again, a full 5K team of all dialysis patients who trained together for 7 weeks under the Alive to Strive Active Living Grant program with the help of the Ottawa Osteopathy and Sport Therapy.  We raised an astonishing $35,000 for the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project and an incredible $15,000 for charities (Kidney Foundation of Canada – Patient Care Program $4,573.59, Canadian Diabetes Association $848.32, Kidney Research Centre $9,352.85).  Our wonderful race committee also managed to raise $25,750 in sponsorship, and continue to grow local support.  We had a beautiful day for the event, and an incredible success at raising kidney health awareness in the community thanks to a new challenge – 3Kg Challenge.  This challenge brought 12 local celebrities together to run the 5K with a 3kg vest to simulate the average weight gain experienced by dialysis patients between each dialysis treatment.  This challenge helped raise awareness of one of the challenges individuals living with chronic kidney disease have to live with every day.  We also introduced for the first time, a 5K wheelchair race, sponsored by our partner of the Let’s Get Moving Classes, Top Shape Fitness.   This event brought a great aspect to the event and we are sure to repeat this in the next coming year.

The year’s success is attributable to the hard work of our 3 committees:  our 14 members of the Race Committee, our Grant Committee of 5 and the tireless efforts by our Board Members.  We’ve had an incredible year with a race event and interest of the community that keeps growing every year.  We must also mention the help and involvement of local companies who have helped us start group training, adapted to individuals living with chronic kidney disease; Top Shape Fitness and Ottawa Osteopathy and Sport Therapy.  We are also very lucky to continue receiving financial support from generous sponsors, particularly our Gold Sponsor Fresenius Medical Care and Alexion Pharmaceutical, as well as Silver Sponsors Top Shape Fitness and The Ottawa Hospital Nephrologists.

Looking back, this was our greatest and busiest year, with many new programs as well as opening the grant program to service a broader area.  Our 5th Alive to Strive Race will bring once again, kidney disease and kidney health awareness to our community on Sunday, April 26th 2015.  With the help of 12 new local celebrities in the 3Kg Challenge we will be able to raise awareness to the general population.  We will keep our relationship with local companies as well as continue to grow our local volunteers list and social media followers.  We will” continue to work with local companies to offer the “Let Get Moving” Group classes and hopefully expand to new locations across the region to give access to a higher population.

Marie-Eve Chainey, President and Founding Director

Presented to Annual General Meeting, December 29th 2014

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